Quotation by Raymond Chandler

Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar- room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.
Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), U.S. author. Letter, January 18, 1948, to Atlantic Monthly editor Edward Weeks. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
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